Sedaris diverges from his usual essays to give us a book of fables. Like all good fables and fairy tales, they're pretty gruesome and horrifying, and there's most always a moral to be found. These include a healthy dose of charm and wit, though. Ian Falconer provides the fabulous illustrations. Recommended By Tom L, Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.
In "The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck," three strangers commiserate about animal bureaucracy while waiting in a complaint line. In "Hello Kitty," a cynical feline struggles to sit through his prison-mandated AA meetings. In "The Squirrel and the Chipmunk," a pair of star-crossed lovers is separated by prejudiced family members.
Once again David Sedaris shows us the most outrageous, tender, absurd sides of ourselves in his profoundly funny, well-crafted stories that somehow, magically, bring home a major point about fidelity or guilt or love (Christian Science Monitor on When You Are Engulfed in Flames).
"The stories from Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary are a combination of absurd anthropomorphic animal characters initially exhibiting somewhat natural a behavior but then rabbit-trailing (no pun intended) off into strange dialogues and monologues. This is the clever framework to support Sedaris' astute and uncanny interpersonal observations. His filter of the world is as hysterically bizarre as it is painfully spot-on. His distinctive turn of phrase is as sharp as ever." Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review
PRAISE FOR WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES
"He's the best there is."--Judith Newman, People
"A joy to read....Sedaris [is] a connoisseur of human nature at its worst."--Christopher Muther, Boston Globe
"Sedaris is certainly worthy of hero worship....He is a master pathfinder."--Mark Washburn, Charlotte Observer
"The preeminent humorist of his generation."--Whitney Pastorek, Entertainment Weekly
"Outrageous....Wonderful...Sedaris's anthropomorphized creatures may seem domesticated, but this book, like his more familiar essays, is...wildly inspired--and a rip-roaring hoot."--Heller McAlpin, NPR
"Wickedly funny....These are some of Sedaris's best stories...The animals have given Sedaris's humor some new teeth: tiny and sharp, and sometimes even ready to draw blood."--Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
"Wry and amusing."--Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"For the strong-stomached, these tales are toxic little treats, fun-sized Snicker bars with a nougaty strychnine center."--Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
"Great fun."--Craig Wilson, USA Today
"The funniest man on the planet."--Raleigh News and Observer
About the Author
David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy, Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively though Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in France.